If you’re a little frazzled at the edges, try these 4 power workouts for stress relief, and take back your zen.
It’s long been known that exercise, diet, and lifestyle play a phenomenal role in mental health. When we’re stressed, the need to exercise increases, even though we don’t feel like it.
While most folks hit the gym trying only to lose weight or get back in shape, the benefits of physical exercise include the positive effects on your mental health. And let’s not forget that exercise is a great way to channel negative energy.
- If the great outdoors it is your thing, hiking is a definite must for those who want to increase stamina and endurance.
- Yoga is fast becoming the go-to lifestyle and meditation wellness program of choice for mental and emotional stress relief.
- For those who find yoga a little too meek for their liking, boxing may just be what you’re looking for to release all that physical tension.
- Staying in shape and being stress-free need not involve long, arduous workouts; dancing has long been a favorite stress reliever!
For women, it’s also important they maintain their muscle mass and strength as they age, says Sarah Lindsey, 3x Olympian and European gold medalist.
In addition to taking care of your muscle mass and overall muscle strength, a digital detox can boost your mood, offers positive stress relief, and helps you get a good night’s sleep. Unplugging from your computer and social networks may be difficult at times but a digital detox is essential for your health and mental well-being.
Another FANTASTIC go-to for stress relief, comedy, laughter, and joy have the capacity to raise your spirits, evoke your sense of humour, and motivate you. Laughter also sends stress-busting endorphins (nature’s little “happy pills”) into our bloodstream.
More importantly, you don’t need to be happy right at this moment or even to have a well-developed sense of humor to be uplifted by a good, long, hard belly laugh.
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